In 2017, our team of backpacking experts began working to create a light, warm and compact jacket that aligned with our core mission to protect the environment we love and to make sports more available to anyone, anywhere.
The result? The Trek 100 Jacket, intricately designed to be durable, warm, affordable and environment-friendly. We're excited that this jacket has earned the Backpacker Magazine's 2018 Winter Editor's Choice Award. Check out their review here:
About the Jacket
Our commitment for the Trek 100 Jacket was to ensure that it was comfortable in extreme temperatures, light so we don't feel weighed down, durable for use while trekking in places like our headquarters' backyard: the Alps, while carrying backpacking gear. All while being eco-friendly and affordable, to help anyone get outdoors.
Decathlon's backpacking brand, Forclaz, is headquartered in Domancy, France, near the base of Mont Blanc. Our team of designers, product engineers and suppliers are passionate about the outdoors and creating quality, affordable gear.
The brief for the jacket was written in early 2017: we wanted this jacket to be all the things listed above: warm, light, packable and eco-designed. We had a group of 200 men and 200 women participants test the padding to select the most comfortable option, and by November of 2017, we were ready to do a week-long test of the jacket's performance in the Alps Du Sud. It was a success.
Designed for Mountain Trekking
The wadding is down-like with its lightness and warmth and has no feather loss; it stays warm, even when wet and is easy to care for.
The jacket is as warm as our down alternatives, and is comfortable for temperatures down to -5°C, or 23°F.
New Outer Fabric: Increased Durability
We wanted the outer fabric to be more durable to allow for the rigors of backpacking. Whether it's taking backpacks on and off, or trekking through nature, our jackets face a lot of wear and tear, and we wanted the Trek 100 to be ready for it all.
Being at the base of Mont Blanc, we enjoy the beauty of nature every day, and designed the Trek 100 with respect for this environment we love.
The Trek 100 Jacket has 70% polyester padding made from recycled plastic water bottles. We used a BI-ton grey lining and dope dye process to reduce the use of water to create the jacket.